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Coral Drift Rose Rosa 'MELdrifora'

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Description

Coral Drift® Groundcover Rose, or MELdrifora is a low growing shrub boasting numerous clusters of small, solitary coral colored blooms.  It grows wider than tall, making it an excellent choice as a border in a bed of taller shrubs.

Each 1.5" cup shaped flower has an abundance of petals, up to 25.  The center of the cup allows a view of its dainty stamens.  With its dark green foliage, it makes a pretty picture in the garden.  

This long-blooming specimen will provide flowers from spring until frost. It's also an easy keeper, does not require a lot of maintenance.  Trimming back in early spring after the last frost threat has passed will benefit the current years performance.  The best growing conditions include a sunny location with rich, well-drained, fertile soil.  Feeding a slow-release fertilizer should be accomplished in the spring, with a second application in late summer.  The second feeding will insure better fall blooms.

Its disease resistance makes this an excellent choice for a low maintenance, care-free garden.  

Mulching your bed will also benefit this rose, keeping moisture under control as well as keeping weeds at bay.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Deer can damage this plant.

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Tags:
#deciduous#small spaces#rose#shrub#deciduous shrub#cottage garden#disease resistant#deer browsing plant#long bloom time#groundcover#rose shrub#border planting#cold tolerant#winter hardy#border middle#walkway planting#compact habit#patio planting#butterfly friendly
 
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Tags:
#deciduous#small spaces#rose#shrub#deciduous shrub#cottage garden#disease resistant#deer browsing plant#long bloom time#groundcover#rose shrub#border planting#cold tolerant#winter hardy#border middle#walkway planting#compact habit#patio planting#butterfly friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Rosa
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    United States
    Wildlife Value:
    Attractive to butterflies.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Buffer
    Colorful
    Defines Paths
    Easy to Grow
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Rose
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Mounding
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10a, 10b, 11b, 11a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Orange
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Flower Petals:
    more than 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Semi-double, 1.5" coral flowers bloom from spring until the first frost. During mid-season a very mild scent can be detected.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    The glossy dark green leaves provide a beautiful background for the blooms. New growth may have a slight reddish tint.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Patio
    Pool/Hardscape
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Diseases
    Insect Pests